NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.
12207 Gayton Road
Richmond VA 23238-3219
Mission Statement

The mission of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics is to develop excellence in swimmers of all ages and abilities by challenging them and motivating them to reach their full potential in swimming and in life. We strive to be a leader in promoting water safety, fitness, and the life long sport of swimming through superb programming, facilities, coaching and community engagement. Instilling the values of discipline, leadership and goal setting have been fundamental to NOVA's success over the last 25+ years, helping to create great kids as well as great swimmers.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ann E McGee
Board Chair Turner Broughton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Williams Mullen
Contact Information
Address 12207 Gayton Road
Richmond, VA 232383219
Telephone 804 750-1183
Fax 804 754-3403
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,371,851.00
Projected Expenses $2,997,058.00

The mission of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics is to develop excellence in swimmers of all ages and abilities by challenging them and motivating them to reach their full potential in swimming and in life. We strive to be a leader in promoting water safety, fitness, and the life long sport of swimming through superb programming, facilities, coaching and community engagement. Instilling the values of discipline, leadership and goal setting have been fundamental to NOVA's success over the last 25+ years, helping to create great kids as well as great swimmers.


NOVA key accomplishments for the last year:

  • NOVA served thousands of individuals with programming, including:

          - 800 swimmers on our competitive swim team

          - 5,050 individual lessons

         -  30 summer league swim teams/425 swimmers in spring clinics   

         -  150+ Henrico County High School club swimmers

        -   1,200 + runners in the Short Pump Mile

  • NOVA’s competitive team won the Virginia Swimming Age Group and Senior Championships for both the short course and long course seasons. NOVA was the team champion for the  the champions Our senior men's team  placed second overall for the NCSA Junior Nationals short course
  • NOVA helped to launch the Henrico County public high school swim club teams by providing the facility, practice time, and coaching staff.
  • NOVA began its collaboration with Ruby F. Carver Elementary School and the Bon Secours movin’maniaTM and Care-A-Van programs to provide free swim lessons to underserved youth in Richmond’s West End.
  • NOVA used $45,000 of its revenues to fund financial aid scholarships for the competitive team, $5,000 for need-based swim lessons, and $4,000 for other outreach programs.

Top goals for 2015/2016 include:

  • Continue to focus efforts on keeping our competitive swim team in USA Swimming’s Top Ten clubs.
  • Expand outreach by including more underserved youth in the Bon Secours movin’maniaTM swim collaboration, deepen our partnership with Ruby F. Carver Elementary School, and direct proceeds from the growing Short Pump Mile Event to community initiatives.
  •  Proceed with the capital campaign to support future growth of the organization’s facilities, programming and staff.
  • Continue to provide leadership and an outstanding environment for all swimmers to excel, regardless of ability.
  • Promote the physical and mental benefits of swimming to all segments of the population, including those with disabilities and the aged living in close proximity to NOVA’s Aquatic Center.
  • High demand for NOVA programs has resulted in full capacity utilization of our facility. NOVA is seeking capital to support an expanded and enhanced community aquatics center to better serve and grow our existing competitive team, extensive lessons and adult fitness programs, and outreach initiatives. An expansion is critical to expanding our outreach initiatives.
  • Program funding to support additional scholarships and outreach

NOVA was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) to address the need for a structured, year-round swimming program to serve the youth in our community. The founding coaches and families committed to the vision of providing the facilities, instruction and energy necessary to grow the sport of swimming in Central Virginia. After ten years of renting pool space locally, NOVA constructed its first facility: a ten-lane, 25-yard pool in the far west end of Richmond.  In 2005, a second pool was built adjacent to the existing facility. NOVA formed an alliance in 2013 with VACS, a swim program based in Hopewell, Virginia. This collaboration allows both programs to benefit from shared resources.  

We are governed by a parent-led Board of Directors and employ an experienced staff of nationally recognized, full-time coaches. NOVA’s competitive youth swim team, with 800+ swimmers aged 6 to 18 years old, is the #1 club in Virginia Swimming and is ranked consistently by USA Swimming as a national Top Ten organization. In 1997, NOVA began offering lessons to meet the community's need for an affordable and progressive learn-to-swim program. Thousands of children have participated in this program, including those with special needs. Over time, program offerings have expanded to include clinics for non year-round swimmers, adult fitness swimming (NOVAFit), and adult competitive swimming (Masters). 

NOVA continues to expand its outreach as a strong community partner. We offer financial aid scholarships for competitive team membership and swim lessons.  We have worked with LEAP (Latino Education Advancement Program) and the Youth Life Foundation. In 2014, we began a partnership with Bon Secours Virginia Health System movin’maniaTM and Henrico’s Ruby F. Carver Elementary School to develop a summer program that provides free swim lessons to underserved children. NOVA founded the annual Short Pump Mile, the largest youth, timed road race in Richmond.  Proceeds support swim lesson scholarships. 5% of the annual Swim-A-ThonTM proceeds go to the USA Swimming Foundation. which focuses on water safety. In 2012, NOVA’s Virginia Swim Shop began a partnership with FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank. NOVA supports the Goochland Christmas Mother and local families that require assistance on an ongoing basis.

Board Chair Statement

NOVA is a strong community partner and has served its thousands of constituents well since 1987. The coaches are the foundation of our program and their passion for the sport, leadership, integrity, and profound interest in every swimmer is what makes NOVA special. Every day, lives are changed as children and youth understand that is possible to improve and grow through hard work and commitment to a goal. These lessons transcend swimming and positively impact other parts of life.  Swimming also boosts physical health and develops wellness for a lifetime, improves fitness for people of all ages and capabilities, and reduces participants’ risk of drowning. Our motto is NOVAStrong for these reasons.  

My children have been part of the program for many years and are stronger and better people through their experiences with NOVA swimming.  In order to fulfill its mission of developing excellence in all swimmers of all ages and abilities, we must expand both our facility and our programming. Currently, capacity constraints limit our ability to serve the community’s various needs: non-swimmers, swimmers with disabilities, seniors, and competitive team members. We are committed to promoting the sport of swimming, which fosters water safety and improves our community’s physical and well-being. To do so, we need the community’s support.  As Board President, I believe strongly in NOVA and share in the mission of making swimming and its benefits accessible to a greater segment of the population.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Powhatan County
Board Chair
Board Chair Turner Broughton
Company Affiliation Williams Mullen
Term Feb 2016 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Vance Berry Community Volunteer
Teresa Cortright Centrex
Bryan Cram Scott & Stringfellow
Leigh Peterson Community Volunteer
Treasurer Mark Schultz Capital One
Donna Sharp Suro Community Volunteer
President-Elect Andrea Wassmer Community Volunteer
Secretary Jill Webb McGuire Woods
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
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Advisory Board Members
Ms. Louise Bowles Community Volunteer
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Ann E McGee

Ann McGee has worked at NOVA since 2011 in the capacity of the Development Manager and Assistant Office Manager, giving her an in-depth knowledge of the NOVA organization and business processes. She has been an important member of NOVA’s 2015 Capital Campaign Steering Committee and has lead key community engagement initiatives. Prior to NOVA, Ann worked for 17 years in various FMC Corporation Chemical divisions in the areas of sales, global marketing, business development, and management. Ann was a business consultant in Richmond before joining NOVA. She has a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA from Villanova. 

Senior Staff
Geoff Brown Head Coach
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 47
Volunteers 520
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

NOVA has partnered with many community organizations and businesses to support our goals. These partners include: Bon Secours movin’maniaTM program, Ruby F. Carver Elementary School, community sponsors to support the Short Pump Mile and our annual Swim-A-Thon event, Richmond Family Magazine and FeedMore on the DunkHunger initiative, the Latino Education Advancement Program (LEAP), and the Youth Life Foundation.  New learn-to-swim collaborations  began with The Faison School and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) in 2015.


800 swimmers are on the competitive team. NOVA offers thirteen separate and progressive training groups, with swimmers who are compatible in ability, commitment level, and goals. Coaches work with athletes to set realistic development plans.  Long-term goals are emphasized versus short-term results. The objective is long-term excellence at every level.   Swimmers compete in both the short course and long course seasons and swim at championship meets regionally and nationally. NOVA hosts ten home swim meets per year. $30,000 in financial aid scholarships was awarded in the past year.



NOVA offers lessons to children starting at the age of three. The program is based on a proprietary and progressive learn-to-swim curriculum, conducted by trained instructors. The lessons program has five levels and focuses on core body movements, adding skills overtime. 5,100 lessons were administered in the last year.  $5,000 was used to fund free lessons for underserved children in our community.


30 summer league teams and 425 youth participated in NOVA’s annual spring clinic sessions. The goal is to improve conditioning and technique prior to the start of the summer swim season.


NOVA provides daily training and coaching for the competitive adult swim team.  Our nationally recognized Masters coach leads the program.


The program offers 35-40 hours to adults each week for open lap swimming.  The program is popular with recreational/fitness swimmers as well as older individuals.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,371,851.00
Projected Expenses $2,997,058.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$10,799
Individual Contributions$1,614,709$9,009$5,467
Investment Income, Net of Losses$122$9,614$103
Membership Dues$51,000$13,605$33,000
Special Events$96,449$152,030$154,821
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,072,306$1,736,674$1,842,455
Administration Expense$363,258$461,685$208,948
Fundraising Expense$13,271$11,773$33,178
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.741.121.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%79%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%7%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,166,404$5,274,351$5,121,905
Current Assets$2,345,390$1,471,064$1,139,625
Long-Term Liabilities$2,160,026$2,324,988$2,484,123
Current Liabilities$666,421$426,340$266,814
Total Net Assets$4,339,957$2,523,023$2,370,968
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.523.454.27
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets30%44%48%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The capital campaign will support the addition of a 50 meter pool to NOVA's existing Aquatics facility located in the West End of Richmond. The expansion will provide additional capacity for swim lessons, competitive team training, and outreach.
Goal $2,500,000.00
Dates Jan 2015 to June 2017
Amount Raised To Date $1,700,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments

NOVA continues to be in sound financial position as it moves into the 2015/2016 swim season.  NOVA programs generate sufficient cash to cover operating costs and meet the club's financial obligations.  NOVA's strong position will allow reinvestment in facilities, programs, and staff with the addition of capital campaign funding. Our wish for greater community support is based on the objective of expanding our facility and programming to better meet the needs of the community.